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Frequently Asked Questions

Meal Plans


What happens if I use up all my money before the end the semester?
Students who typically run low on funds toward the end of the semester may benefit from purchasing the new Meal Plan Plus, which costs an additional $500.00 per semester, or $3096.00.  In addition to the $500, you will also receive a $125 bonus credit on your meal plan account. The Meal Plan Plus operates the same way as the resident meal plan, with no restriction on how you divide your funds between dining locations and any remaining balance (less the $125 bonus credit) rolling over from the first semester to the second semester.

What happens to unused dollars at the end of each semester?

For Resident meal plan participants: Unlike many other college meal programs, we now roll over any remaining balance on your dining account from the first semester to the second semester!  For example, if you have $100 remaining at the end of the first semester, you will begin the second semester with a dining balance of $2,486, allowing you extra time to spend your remaining dining dollars. You will have the entire year (both semesters) to use your meal plan money, but funds will NOT roll over from year to year or be credited to your tuition account.
For FLEX meal plan participants: At the end of the semester, the balance (less the bonus dollars) will be rolled over to the next semester until you graduate.  Any remaining balance will be refunded at that time.  For example, if a student purchases the $800 plan, he will have $950 to start.  If he has $200 left at the end of the semester, $50 will be rolled over onto his flex plan for the next semester!
For Optional meal plan participants: At the end of the semester, the balance will roll over to the next semester until you graduate.  Any remaining balance will be refunded at that time.

I go home every weekend and I really don't eat that much, so I have a lot of money on my card, can I get some of my money back at the end of the year?
If you are a resident, then your room and board includes your Resident Meal Plan. Whether you spend your money or not, or whether you use Davison Hall or not, your portion of operations costs is still necessary toward keeping Davison Hall up and running. 

Meal Plans & The Coffee Shop


Why can't I have more money on my Coffee Shop account and less on my Davison?
There is no longer any restriction on how much money may be used at the dining facilities; meal plan participants may use as much of their money as they choose to in the Coffee Shop after 7:00 PM.

What is the difference between the food offered at Davison Hall and the Coffee Shop?
Davison Hall offers a 3 week rotating cycle of menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to a large selection of desserts. Stations in addition to the line include: the pasta station, the action station, the deli, the grill and the salad & bread bar.

The Coffee Shop offers a fixed and prepared to order menu. It includes a large variety of options such as omelets, marinated chicken breast plate, teriyaki steak, tuna salad, chicken salad, veggie pockets, soups, grab and go salads, calzones, subs, pizza and so on.

Special Diets, Nutrition & Food Preferences


I am a vegetarian, how can I be sure to find something to eat on a regular basis?
Davison Hall includes one vegetarian dish in their lunch and dinner menus. There are also additional options available daily, such as pasta and sauce, vegetables and starches in entrees and chef's choice, salads options at the salad bar, veggie wraps at the deli or you could get an omelet at the grill.

I am lactose intolerant. Can I get Soy milk or Lactaid instead of regular milk?
If you have any dietary requirements, please inform a supervisor and we will do our utmost to accommodate your needs. Sometimes items are not displayed simply because no one asks for it.

I eat a gluten free diet.  What can I have?
Davison Hall offers a variety of menu items prepared without gluten.  These items are labeled on our web menus, menu signs, and menu identifiers in the servery.  If you are having trouble meeting your needs, please let us know! Please email diningservices@anselm.edu if you have any questions, or if you would like to set up an appointment with us.

ID Cards


What happens if I lose my ID card/Meal Card?
Report your lost card immediately by contacting someone at the Davison Hall front office, phone extension 7750. If your card has been turned in, it will be in the lost and found ID file until you pick it up. If not, your card will be shut off so that no one else can use it. You will then have to purchase a new ID for $10.00.

If your lost ID is turned in afterward we will keep it on file in case you lose your second ID. We will turn off you second ID and reactivate your first at no extra charge. Any cards reported lost will be deactivated so that no one else can use them.

My meal card was taken from me by the cashier, how do I get it back?
Dining staff are instructed to take cards that ring up "lost;" cards that are damaged and don't work; and cards that don't belong to you. The card will then be forwarded to the Davison Hall office where you can find out what the problem was and have it resolved.

My meal card doesn't work and I need a new one, do I still need to pay $10.00?
If your meal card is damaged in any way, it will be replaced at no charge, but you must bring the damaged card in to trade.

Miscellaneous Questions


If I am sick and cannot make it to Davison Hall to eat, can my roommate use my card to buy my meals and bring them to me?
Send a permission note with your card so that your roommate has the authority to use your card.

What do I do if I have a food suggestion or a great recipe to share?
Please post any suggestions and ideas in our suggestion box outside the dish room. We review these on a regular basis.